The strawberry napoleon might just be the most incredible dessert on Earth. It is my favorite by far and is the dessert I make every year on Valentine’s day! This year my husband and I might not get to enjoy one on February 14th though. If our baby boy arrives on his due date, we’ll be spending Valentine’s day in the hospital. But that’s ok, it just means we get to have our special treat early and we have something even sweeter to look forward to!
And for such an amazing looking (and tasting!) dessert, it’s actually very easy to make. I like to make one big napoleon and serve it with two forks. To do this, I cut the sheet of puff pastry into thirds as shown below. But it can also easily be adapted into mini napoleons if you prefer. Everything about the recipe stays the same. Just cut the puff pastry into smaller sections and divide the rest of the ingredients accordingly.
Prep and Mix
While the puff pastry is cooking, I like to go ahead and get my other ingredients prepped. Go ahead and slice the strawberries and sprinkle them with sugar. They taste better after sitting for a few minutes so this is the perfect time to do this step.
You can also go ahead and fold together the vanilla pudding and whipped cream. I use my recipe for homemade vanilla pudding in this. It tastes amazing on it’s own and really enhances the flavor of the napoleon. It’s also really easy to make so I highly suggest giving it a try!
Letting the Puff Pastry Cool
It’s important to make sure the puff pastry is cool before you start layering or it will melt the pudding mixture and make it runny. Luckily, puff pastry doesn’t take very long to cool. When layering, you want to start with the first piece of puff pastry. Top it with half of the pudding mixture, spreading it to all the sides. Next place a layer of strawberries. Next up is the second piece of puff pastry, followed by the rest of the pudding mixture and a layer of strawberries. Last of all, place the third piece of puff pastry, topped with a layer of whipped topping. Place the remaining strawberries on top.
Drizzle the Chocolate and Serve!
For the chocolate drizzle, I melt 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave. You can drizzle it over the top with a spoon but I’ve often found that it goes on more in globs than drizzles. I like to place the melted chocolate into a piping bag and drizzle it over the top. It gives a more even chocolate distribution! Last of all, sprinkle confectioner’s sugar over the top of the Strawberry Napoleon. This gives it just a bit more added sweetness and a beautiful completed look!
Did you try making this strawberry napoleon recipe? Comment below and tell me what you think!